A huge festival is taking over King Street during TIFF

Aug 21 2018, 10:01 pm

For the fifth year in a row, the excitement and fun of the Toronto International Film Festival will pour out from the theatres onto Festival Street.

Running from September 6 to 9, King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue will transform into TIFF Festival Street.

“The excitement of [the] festival is something we want to share with the entire city,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF.

“Festival Street is where everyone can enjoy and experience the excitement of the festival and its celebration of film. Free screenings, great musical performances, and the impactful Share Her Journey Rally are just some of the highlights you can expect — and we invite everyone to join us.”

Here’s what to look out for on Festival Street this year:

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Share Her Journey Rally

On Saturday, September 8, the public is invited to stand up for change with TIFF at the Share Her Journey Rally. All who want to see and be part of real change in the film industry are invited to join the action down on John Street at the Slaight Music Stage at 10 am. With the support of partners ReFrame, TIME’S UP, and #AfterMeToo, a number of thought leaders and inspirational guests including Dr. Stacy L Smith, Amanda Brugel, Mia Kirshner, and Kery Putnam to name a few will be in attendance.

Free TTC movie screening

This year, TIFF has once again partnered with the TTC to host a special TTC free screening at Roy Thompson Hall on September 9. This event is open to all TTC riders, simply show up with your Metropass or PRESTO card for entry.

Free screening of ‘Big’

Audiences are invited to catch a free, 30th-anniversary screening of Penny Marshall’s classic, Big, starring Tom Hanks as a kid who wishes he was grown up.

Musical performances

Attendees can also listen to great music from Kayla Diamond and other up-and-coming talents on the Slaight Music Stage.

Food and drinks

Visitors are also welcome to grab a drink at one of the extended patios, sample delicious treats from an array of food trucks, and have fun with the many engaging partner activations.

Refinery29 Rooftop

New this year is the Refinery29 Festival Rooftop, an intimate and interactive space that offers exciting and new Festival experiences, combined with an unmissable after-party on the top floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox.

On the rooftop, festivalgoers can enjoy interactive panels and workshops, in addition to celebrating homegrown talent on the rise, the magic of movie makeup and more.

At nightfall, TIFF Bell Lightbox’s rooftop will host the Official TIFF After-Party, presented by nightlife legends 1 OAK and in partnership with Oliver & Bonacini.

The 43rd-edition of the Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16.

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